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NYT Sunday Magazine :

Can Wendy Davis Have It All?

Okay, NYT weighs in on Wendy.  It's an interesting read.  NYT vs Dallas Morning News.

But the article ends with this:

Meanwhile, the reality of Davis’s achievements were all around me as I drove back to my hotel, along a route that took me through her old City Council district, where few people probably spent much time wondering about what personal sacrifices went into the building of this bridge or that residential tower. What had once been a languid cow town was now a sleek city where folks still un-self-consciously stroll around in cowboy hats. Davis played a notable role in the integration of what Fort Worth had always been with what it was becoming. It struck me as a pretty good campaign theme. But perhaps it wasn’t good enough: It was impersonal, unrelatable and technocratic, a nice tale for a Texas Democrat to promote on the way to a landslide loss, just as the state’s last Democratic candidate for governor, former Mayor Bill White of Houston, did in 2010.

Instead, Davis had reassured voters with a near-perfect narrative: a portrait of herself as modern-day Supermom, a woman who existed only in our imaginations.

WTF does that last paragraph mean?  And where does the NYT stand?


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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19:41 AM PST

  •  Don't know what it means, but it has echoes of (3+ / 0-)
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    a hatchet job. The misog-trogs in this country simply loathe strong, intelligent women, especially if they aspire to make life better for other people.

    Have spent some time this morning on the Wendy Davis for governor Web site, trying to find out where she stands on the issues of raising the minimum wage, reforming voter ID, and expanding Medicaid, but found nothing on those subjects. I did gather that she would like to expand pre-kindergarten education and community colleges, which is good, and she wants to stop useless testing of school children--again, good.

    And she's against fraud and corruption, but all politicians say that. I'd like to know specifics. I suppose immigration reform is not something a state-level politician can get involved in, is it. That would be U.S. senators and Congress critters. I mean, U.S. representatives.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:40:08 AM PST

    •  Here in Texas (1+ / 0-)
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      Every Pol, R or D, says the same thing.  "I believe in God, Family and Guns and oh, by the way fix the Border and fight Obama."

      Having moved from Mass, this is ridiculous.  And, there's no way to differentiate between candidates.  I guess one has to wait for runoffs to find out where they stand on real issues?

      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:49:10 AM PST

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    •  Never take candidates' Web sites too seriously (4+ / 0-)

      Look at their records. Here are the highlights from Davis's voting record in the Texas Senate, from Project Vote Smart.

      Votes against gerrymanders, voter ID, abortion restrictions, drones, and Texas usurping Federal immigration laws, and in favor of equal pay for women, guns in vehicles on college campuses (but against concealed carry on campus), education…What you would expect. Way better than any Texas Republican.

      There are a lot of other issues that we are interested in that don't even come up for a vote in the Texas Lege. We have to flip the entire state and put in non-partisan redistricting to get to those. If Wendy can prevail on even a few of the issues they do vote on, that will be huge for Texans, and the best way of honoring the memories of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 11:41:17 AM PST

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  •  Thie media has determined (1+ / 0-)
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    that it's time to put the kibosh on this whole Wendy Davis thing - they all got the memo. In fact, Chuck Todd said it just this morning "She's just not ready"

  •  Yesterday I read that same last paragraph ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... and sighed.

    The point, I think, of the article anyway, is that Davis can't run as the progressive Democrat her record clearly shows she is, but has to portray herself in terms no man in her same position would ever have to think about.

    I appreciated their bringing Christine Todd Whitman's observations into the article.  She wrote a book called "It's My Party, Too," which I suppose was her attempt to right the Republican ship that had long ago sailed without her, but of course she's not left the GOP the way Charlie Crist did.

    Anyway, I read that line and thought, are they calling her a liar, too?  Or were they simply wrapping up a piece about the double-standards applied to male and female politicians in America?

  •  The article looks pretty reasonable. Why should (0+ / 0-)

    NYT 'stand' somewhere on this race?

    •  My different take (1+ / 0-)
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      I read the article too and my take away is more about candidates and campaigns: stop running on your "story" and run on the issues.  You might just get non-voters to the polls, even in Texas.

      I did not find it a hatchet job though I thought it shallow, as much of the Times magazine has become.  Once upon a time the magazine was a lot more serious, ran better, longer, more thoughtful articles.

    •  Oh, please (0+ / 0-)

      "why should NYT 'stand' somewhere? "  Really?

      "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

      by EdMass on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 04:48:26 PM PST

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